December 2014 E-Newsletter

Word from the Chair   
John Final

Festive greetings friends,

With just over 1 week to go to Christmas, as Chairman of a Trust that works towards raising the awareness of child abuse and neglect across New Zealand, engaging in dialogue and developing action plans to impact social and economic developing policies effecting the well-being of children, families, the importance of marriage and strong families it’s only fair that we have an ideal short list for Santa to consider this year for our children.

Christmas and the holiday period is a special time for each of us to take a good look at the year just gone by and identify any lessons along the way.  As we take time off, it is a time to reflect and reinvest in ourselves and family and remind us of who and what is really important.

In summary, here’s a short list for Santa from the Trust this year, with something in there for us all to enjoy and benefit from into 2015 and beyond.
  • Zero deaths in NZ from child abuse and neglect
  • A simple, better and tangible solution(s) for the prevention of child abuse and neglect in NZ
  • A climate that nurtures and celebrates strong marriages and families across NZ.
  • 10,000 signatures on the 2014 NZ Declaration for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
Keep safe and may the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you and your families during the festive season.

We at the Trust look forward to 2015 – and once again continue contributing to making a positive difference into the lives of our New Zealand children, our families and wider communities.

Ngâ mihi nui mô te Kirihimete

John Sax

Digital Signature Available Now - 2014 Declaration for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect    

The Trust has sent out the Declaration for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect to all its supporters, all politicians and community leaders. Signatures are still welcome. 

The Trust would like to call all organisations to include child advocates, business and community leaders and health workers in Auckland  and throughout New Zealand who have specifically set up to mitigate child abuse and neglect to sign this Declaration.  

A digital signature is now available  so please use it.

Four versions of the Declaration is available: English, Maori, Tongan and Samoan and have been sent to respective community/iwi leaders.   All are available online from our website.

Thank you to the many who have requested their signatures be added.  Action must be seen and with the signatures the Trust will collate all responses to the question asking you to provide your solution to child abuse and neglect - and presented to our Prime Minster Rt Hon. John Key and other key stakeholders in order to assist each and all to address the REAL causes at the heart of child abuse and neglect.
Your support will help us to keep moving forward and for the purpose of standing in the gap for our children and for future generations.

Innovative Housing Solution for Our Communities 

Would you buy into a development that offered not just affordable housing but a chance to help your neighbour out of poverty too?

South Auckland's Mangere Bridge is on the rise, dubbed the new Ponsonby, as house hunters expand their horizons.

For our Chairman John Sax, the vision is for a new community bringing people of all socio-economic groups together to help everyone flourish is all part of his big plan to work towards providing an Effective way of identifying and engaging the children and families most at risk of poor education, criminal justice and employment outcomes. It is the hope this innovative arrangement could deliver better outcomes. Read More

Social Investment - Request for Information  research 2

For the Sake of Our Children Trust recently completed a Social Investment Request for Information (RFI) from New Zealand’s Treasury.  The Government wants to improve the lives of New Zealanders most in need.  

In doing so, the Government wanted to know what we (the people of New Zealand – in this case  - For the Sake of Our Children Trust) thought it could do to make the biggest difference for the hardest to reach children and their families. Read More.

Roundtable Discussion on 'The Heart of Poverty'
For the Sake of Our Children Trust received an invitation to participate in a roundtable meeting concerning the “Heart of Poverty” discussion paper coming out of Maxim Institute.   

The Trust presented its views of poverty concerning children and their relative position within the family and society.  Read more

Unsung Heroes Event 2014

For the Sake of Our Children Trust Manager Rachel Afeaki-Taumoepeau was invited to attend the UNSUNG Heroes event hosted by the NZ Christian Network (NZCN) and held at Parliament Buildings 2nd September. Read More.

For the Sake of Our Children Community Support  newsgirl 1

Children's Pantomime Shows

The Trust is pleased to have sent through complimentary tickets to the Te Whakaora Organisation to allow 10 families to attend a live performance of "Puss in Boots" pantomime on the 11 October in aid of the Burn Support Group to be held at the Logan Campbell Centre early October and more recently to the "Christmas Tale" show on the 6 December where 40 Pacific and Maori families to including at least two young children attended.

Trust Christmas -New Year Office Hours

The Trust office will close across the Christmas/ New year period from Wednesday 24th December-Monday 12 January 2015.  Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday 13 January 2015.

How can you help?   volunteering link 1

The Trust received many calls from the community of how people can assist in making this world a better place for our children.

Our response has been to connect them with many of our supporters who are currently doing ‘hands on’ work within their own community and who  may require help of ‘all sorts’.

If you are interested in doing voluntary work please contact our office and no doubt we’ll find something for you to do.